Say it isn’t so! Yesterday (Monday, 28th February), fans were in deep shock after it was announced that K-pop boy group NU’EST (뉴이스트) will be disbanding after 10 years as a group. 🙁
Pledis Entertainment (the five-piece ensemble’s home label) broke the news via an official statement posted on the group’s official Weverse account. The entertainment agency revealed that members JR, Aron, and Ren will be leaving the company, while Baekho and Minhyun will renew their contracts.
The full statement is read as follows:
“The exclusive artist contract with NU’EST will be concluded as of March 14. Our company and the members of NU’EST went through careful consideration and discussions on the future of the individual members and on what would be the best path for everyone and how they can present their best selves.
JR, Aron, and Ren have decided to start afresh after leaving our company. Baekho and Minhyun will renew their contracts. We respect and support the decisions of every member, as they are the result of careful and extensive consideration and discussions.
NU’EST is a valuable group that holds a special place in our company as the first boy group of Pledis Entertainment. The group has been loved by many with their stylish music, performances, and the way in which they write their dramatic narrative with their fearless attitude since their debut. We would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the members who have always put their best foot forward over the past ten years.
The group will cap off their official activities as NU’EST of Pledis Entertainment with their album that will be released in March. Pledis Entertainment wishes the best for the members’ new leap forward and growth and will continue to cheer for their bright future ahead of them.
We would like to express once again our gratitude to L.O.Λ.E (as fans were lovingly called ) who have always stayed by NU’EST side. We ask you to give your unchanging love and support to the members as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers. Thank you.”
Not long after that, the five members of the award-winning K-pop group came up with handwritten letters to personally deliver the shocking news to their fans). They shared individual handwritten letters, confirming that the group has sadly disbanded. You can read their statements here (Translated via @nauveesrt):
Mingi's :'| pic.twitter.com/F8hfd9o3Ez
— 백민쩨렌론러 💖~ing (@nauveesrt) February 28, 2022
As revealed in the statement, NU’EST will release one last album together this month, prior to the members going their separate ways. While fans were devastated by the sudden news, many have also been hoping that some of the boys would be carrying on their activities either as a unit, or even as solo artistes in the future.
We sincerely wish them all the best in their upcoming careers!